Colchester Episcopal Area Conference

My thanks to all the curious, thoughtful, prayerful, creative people who came to my two workshops today as part of the Colchester Episcopal Area Conference on prayer.

In my workshops (one of five available to delegates) we were exploring ideas for ‘creating prayer spaces’ both within churches, to make them accessible to casual visitors, and beyond, taking the practice of prayer into public places. I’d set up a load of prayer activities from Sanctum, our prayer space for schools, but we talked about prayer spaces in all sorts of other places too.

I gave people a print out of some key ideas to work through plus a very introductory and incomplete list of links to some sources of inspiration, so here they are with a few extras thrown in.

PrayerSpacesinSchools –  Lots of prayer space stories and downloadable resources, many of which can be adapted for other settings.

24-7 Prayer – The UK home of the 24-7 prayer movement with inspiring stories.

Christine Sine – A wealth of worship and prayer ideas, with some lovely written prayers for different times and seasons.

Jonny Baker – One of this country’s top bloggers on the emerging church and pioneer mission, combining thoughtful reflection with news and links to many others in this field. Look for “Worship Tricks”, prayer and worship ideas collated by Jonny over many years. – A project of Campus Crusade for Christ in the USA using pictures as a way of inspiring spiritual conversations or reflection. The web site is, of course, based on a specific set of cards, but the idea is easily transferrable.

re:jesus – An awesome collection of creative ideas for mission, prayer and worship

The Quiet Gardens movement– A simple ministry of hospitality and prayer

Fresh Expressions – Stories and resources for those pushing new ways of being church

Embody – inspiration, coaching, projects and resources. There’s so much creativity here you have to go see. Especially if you want an “Aha!” moment.

Labyrinth – one of the best contemporary re-imaginings of a traditional spiritual ritual, this is an idea that has stood the test of time and the resources are available through the web site.

Candy Chang – Not Christian (as far as I know), but full of creative ideas that might trigger a prayer space activity, especially in public places. We’re already using one of them and have plans for a couple of others.

Calm Jar – An example of a simple creative activity that we’ll be using in our next Sanctum prayer space. Read Psalm 46:9-11!

What other web sites have inspired you in your thinking, practice or creativity when it comes to prayer spaces?

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